Peter McPherson is president of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (A٠P٠L٠U). He is the Chair of the Boards of the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa and of the International Food and Agricultural Development (IFAD). He is the Chair of the Project Advisory Committee (PAC) of HarvestPlus.
McPherson is the former Chair of the Board of Dow Jones & Company.
He was President of Michigan State University from 1993 through 2004. From April to October 2003, he took leave from that position and served as the Director of Economic Policy in Iraq under the Coalition Provisional Authority.
In the years prior to being named president of Michigan State, McPherson held senior executive positions with the Bank of America.
In the 1980s, McPherson held several governmental positions including Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Treasury, Administrator of the Agency for International Development and Chair of the board of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.
In the 1970s, he was the managing partner of the Washington office of a large Ohio law firm, and a special assistant to President Gerald Ford.
In 1960s, McPherson was a Peace Corps volunteer in Peru.
Mr. McPherson earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Michigan State University, an M.B.A. from Western Michigan University and a J.D. degree from American University Law School.